I think if we really squeezed souffs we would get the pair for between 700 and 800k. Gagai has 2 years to run on his contract at the rabbits so a 2 year deal with them subsidising both years then cut him as he will be 31 and the younger brigade should be NRL ready. Johnston only has 1 year to run on his contract so we wouldn’t want to offer too much if we keep him on for 2 plus years. He is 24 and has pace and an ability to score tries. Even if the addition of these 2 only pushed us in to the 8 it is a step in the right direction. We need to start showing that we are heading in the right direction instead of kicking stones because we missed the big catch. Gradual improvement and 2 top 8 finishes over the next 2 years coupled with the COE would give this club a new lease of life.
The only thing that I would squeeze at South’s is their neck.
Genuine question: Was it bought by the CBA or bought by the CEO if CBA with his own money?
The bank…with our money…
Ain’t that the truth! ATM fees to increase so CBA can dine out on buying Earnie’s cap!
Your money not mine.
A question I pose without being narky or sarcastic. If South’s have to pay some freight for Johnston or Gagai or both. Should we let spite stop us from picking up a bargain? South’s will offload them eventually, some Club will grab these guys on the cheap. Interested in you guys opinion
Stuff helping Souths scum.
Just when you thought it was over:
Latrell Mitchell rejects South Sydney’s first offer, hopes to seal deal within days
Despite being highly impressed by South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe’s pitch at a private dinner, Latrell Mitchell has knocked back South Sydney’s first official offer. SEE THE TABLED DEAL HERE.
James Phelps, The Daily Telegraph
January 10, 2020 6:59pm
He got the Hollywood treatment but not cash.
Latrell Mitchell rejected the Rabbitohs offer after an evening with Russell Crowe was not enough to convince the star centre to accept a cut-price deal to join South Sydney.
Mitchell took just over an hour to knock back the Rabbitohs’ first official offer after the club tabled a deal worth $1.4m over two years.
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A one-year deal with a one-year option in his favour, the written offer fell “well-short” of what Mitchell had been expecting following a $1.2m a year bid from the Wests Tigers.
The knock back came less than 24-hour after Mitchell travelled to Coffs Harbour with his father Matt for a private dinner with Crowe.
Wined and dined by the Academy Award winner on the 400-acre estate in Nana Glen, Mitchell was highly impressed by both Crowe and his pitch.
It is understood Crowe, a South Sydney co-owner, spoke about the Rabbitohs’ proud history before telling Mitchell he wanted him to be part of the club’s future.
While no financial figures or terms were discussed, Mitchell was ready to become a Rabbitoh when he left.
The meeting with Crowe came just a day after Mitchell finally sat down with Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett to discuss football.
But in yet another twist, Mitchell’s manager Matt Rose rejected the Rabbitohs on Friday morning after the club made their official offer.
Mitchell conceded his future remained undecided after confirming his meeting with Crowe.
“It was fantastic to meet Russell Crowe, he is a generous host and very passionate about the Rabbitohs but the truth is I’m yet to decide my future,” Mitchell said.
“I’ve got a number of things to weigh up and I hope to be able to announce my new club in the coming days.’’
Mitchell remains hopeful of coming to terms with the Rabbitohs after Rose made a counteroffer to the club on Friday night.
Asides from coming up with a revised deal, the Rabbitohs may also have to compensate the Roosters with claims the club is demanding as much as $100,000 for a release.
Excused from pre-season training earlier this week, Mitchell declared his career with the Roosters was over.
“Nothing has been made official yet,’’ Mitchell wrote in an Instagram post.
“But my stay at the Roosters as come to an end. On to the next chapter wherever it might be.’’
“Russell Crowe is a generous host and very passionate about the Rabbitohs but the truth is I’m yet to decide my future”
“I want to thank the Sydney Roosters for everything they have done for me and my family,’’ Mitchell wrote.
“I cannot describe the way I feel write know but just wanted to let everyone involved with my career so far that I am grateful to you all.
“To the fans, thankyou. It wouldn’t be a game without you.’’
The South Sydney rejection has left the door ajar for the Tigers to make an 11th hour play.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, along comes Jaws 5